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« Reply #675: April 17, 2019, 01:10:33 PM »
Iirc, the confederate sent clothes of yellow fever victims to the north to try and spread the disease to northern populations too.

Didn't we do that to the Native Americans as well?

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« Reply #676: April 17, 2019, 01:23:45 PM »
Launching corpses over the walls with a trebuchet was an early form of biological warfare 700-some years ago. 

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« Reply #677: April 17, 2019, 01:31:10 PM »
Fetchez La Vache!





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« Reply #678: April 17, 2019, 01:44:48 PM »
"Ni!  Ni!  Ni!"

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« Reply #679: May 06, 2019, 09:36:51 PM »
Just finished The Last Stone, by Mark Bowden, author of Blackhawk Down. It’s about how the Lyon Sisters case was solved, 40 years after the young sisters disappeared at Wheaton Plaza. It’s a testament to cold case detectives, and the incredibly work of the detectives who, through multiple interviews with the suspect, finally cracked the case.


It’s a disturbing book.  Although not deliberately grisly, you learn the eventual fate of the girls.  I had nightmares the night I finished it, just thinking of them.  Those innocent girls went to a local mall to see the Easter decorations and walked into the path of pure evil. And as the book makes clear, there were others in the perpetrator’s family who participated in this crime who were never brought to justice. But for anyone who lived in Montgomery County in 1975, the disappearance of the Lyon Sisters marked the end of innocence for many in the county. This book provides some kind of answers.

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« Reply #680: May 06, 2019, 09:38:04 PM »
Just finished The Last Stone, by Mark Bowden, author of Blackhawk Down. It’s about how the Lyon Sisters case was solved, 40 years after the young sisters disappeared at Wheaton Plaza. It’s a testament to cold case detectives, and the incredibly work of the detectives who, through multiple interviews with the suspect, finally cracked the case.


It’s a disturbing book.  Although not deliberately grisly, you learn the eventual fate of the girls.  I had nightmares the night I finished it, just thinking of them.  Those innocent girls went to a local mall to see the Easter decorations and walked into the path of pure evil. And as the book makes clear, there were others in the perpetrator’s family who participated in this crime who were never brought to justice. But for anyone who lived in Montgomery County in 1975, the disappearance of the Lyon Sisters marked the end of innocence for many in the county. This book provides some kind of answers.

I thought about reading it but to this day, it is one of the saddest stories I recall during my time in the DC area.

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« Reply #681: May 06, 2019, 09:48:16 PM »
I thought about reading it but to this day, it is one of the saddest stories I recall during my time in the DC area.


It’s a tough read, but if you were here in the area at the time, then I think it’s a worthwhile read. My heart still breaks for the parents.


My suggestion would be to read it early in the day and not before bedtime. It’s that disturbing.

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« Reply #682: July 20, 2019, 11:34:16 PM »
I just finished listening to/reading the wheel of time series. I checked my audible history and  I started in October 2015, I can’t remember anything having taken me this long to read

I had read all but the last book.  While waiting forever for that to come out, I'd forgotten a lot of what had happened in the previous books.  So, I decided to re-read the entire series.  Took me a while to get started, knowing it would probably take me about a year.  Finally began this past Jan or Feb and am now on the 6th book.

Finished WOT this past week!

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« Reply #683: November 06, 2019, 08:51:03 AM »
I will have to get this. Great story also about how McNamara’s wife finished publishing the book after his death. He died in the capital gazette shooting last year.

https://www.amazon.com/Capital-Basketball-History-School-Hoops/dp/1626167206

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« Reply #684: July 10, 2020, 09:36:08 AM »
Read this Sandy Koufax bio recently.  Enjoyed it. It’s built around his 1965 perfect game against the Cubs. Lots of stuff I didn’t know about him.  One of my big regrets is not seeing him pitch in person.

https://books.google.com/books/about/Sandy_Koufax.html?id=vmkRr_XJlBgC&source=kp_book_description

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« Reply #685: July 17, 2020, 08:53:56 PM »
I finished "Buzz Saw: The Improbable Story of How the Washington Nationals Won the World Series" by Jesse Dougherty last night...

It was pretty good...though I was expecting it to end as spectacularly as the Series did.  It was far better than I could do, so, no complaints...

4 of 5 stars...likely because I feel so close to the subject matter.  I'll admit that I can be pretty picky about the written word, and it doesn't take more than a blunder or two to get me spinning like Linda Blair...


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« Reply #686: July 17, 2020, 09:37:35 PM »
Read this Sandy Koufax bio recently.  Enjoyed it. It’s built around his 1965 perfect game against the Cubs. Lots of stuff I didn’t know about him.  One of my big regrets is not seeing him pitch in person.

https://books.google.com/books/about/Sandy_Koufax.html?id=vmkRr_XJlBgC&source=kp_book_description

I was just thinking I need something new to read and this sounds perfect, thanks for posting this!

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« Reply #687: July 18, 2020, 01:39:29 AM »
I just bought this book.



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« Reply #688: July 18, 2020, 08:55:18 AM »
A couple of years ago John Barry, author of The Great Influenza, the Story of the Greatest Pandemic in History  came to our company as a guest speaker and I later bought and read the book.  One of the discussions we had was about how vulnerable we were now due to all the global travel and interconnected supply chains. 

Anyway I like the genre and since have read Richard Preston's "The Demon in the Freezer" focused on Smallpox and, to a lesser extent, Anthrax, and also Steven Johnson's The Ghost Map, The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World

Preston has another former #1 bestseller called The Hot Zone, (Ebola) that's probably next on my list.  So much for the much talked about pandemic fatigue.

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« Reply #689: July 18, 2020, 10:18:17 AM »
I was just thinking I need something new to read and this sounds perfect, thanks for posting this!
No problem. Hope you enjoy it.

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« Reply #694: July 19, 2020, 12:58:47 AM »
A couple of years ago John Barry, author of The Great Influenza, the Story of the Greatest Pandemic in History  came to our company as a guest speaker and I later bought and read the book.  One of the discussions we had was about how vulnerable we were now due to all the global travel and interconnected supply chains. 

Anyway I like the genre and since have read Richard Preston's "The Demon in the Freezer" focused on Smallpox and, to a lesser extent, Anthrax, and also Steven Johnson's The Ghost Map, The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World

Preston has another former #1 bestseller called The Hot Zone, (Ebola) that's probably next on my list.  So much for the much talked about pandemic fatigue.

The Hot Zone is terrifying and one of my favorite books ever, highly recommend.

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« Reply #695: July 20, 2020, 07:12:54 PM »
I finished "Buzz Saw: The Improbable Story of How the Washington Nationals Won the World Series" by Jesse Dougherty last night...

It was pretty good...though I was expecting it to end as spectacularly as the Series did.  It was far better than I could do, so, no complaints...

4 of 5 stars...likely because I feel so close to the subject matter.  I'll admit that I can be pretty picky about the written word, and it doesn't take more than a blunder or two to get me spinning like Linda Blair...

I found myself savoring the chapters each post-season series so much that I wanted it to last, so I only read one chapter each night so as to stretch it out.

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« Reply #696: July 27, 2020, 11:43:48 AM »
I found myself savoring the chapters each post-season series so much that I wanted it to last, so I only read one chapter each night so as to stretch it out.

I’m about 25% through it now. Great book.