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LEGACY : Grandson of Enola Gay pilot takes command of B-2 bomb wing

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. (AP) — A grandson and namesake of the man who piloted the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II took over leadership Friday of the United States' aging fleet of nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers.

Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV took command of the 509th Bomb Wing during a ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, replacing Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, who has led the wing since February 2014.

Tibbets' grandfather, Paul W. Tibbets Jr., was assigned to a predecessor of the 509th Bomb Wing when he piloted the Enola Gay in the world's first atomic bomb mission on Aug. 6, 1945. The bomb destroyed much of Hiroshima and killed tens of thousands of its citizens. Paul W. Tibbets Jr. died in 2007.

The government in Japan has said that thousands of people have been categorized as still sick from the Hiroshima bombing's radi…


Here is a bit of American history which has yet to reach the history books. 

It's an interview by Studs Terkel with Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the B-29 which dropped the first atom bomb; fascinating.


Studs Terkel: We're seated here, two old gaffers. Me and Paul Tibbets, 89 years old, brigadier-general retired, in his home town of Columbus, Ohio, where he has lived for many years.

Paul Tibbets: Hey, you've got to correct that. I'm only 87. You said 89.

Studs Terkel: I know. See, I'm 90. So I got you beat by three years.
Now we've had a nice lunch, you and I and your companion.
I noticed, as we sat in that restaurant, people passed by.

They didn't know who you are.
But once upon a time, you flew a plane called the Enola Gay over the city of Hiroshima, in Japan, on a Sunday morning - August 6 1945 - and a bomb fell. It was the atomic bomb, the first ever.
And that particular moment changed the whole world.

Paul Stamets - How Mushrooms Can Save Bees & Our Food Supply | Bioneers

Published on Nov 3, 2014

In this 6th Age of Extinctions, the biosphere’s life-support systems that have allowed humans to ascend are collapsing. 

Visionary mycological researcher/inventor Paul Stamets illuminates how fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer uniquely powerful, practical solutions we can implement now to boost the biosphere’s immune system and equip us with benign breakthrough mycotechnologies to accelerate the transition to a restored world.

Humanity is facing a major crisis: our immediate environment is being riddled with pesticides, making us unhealthy faster than we can study the effects. 

In addition, these pesticides are contributing to a massive reduction in our bee population and a general decline in soil health.

The companies that profit from making these pesticides have made it clear they won’t stop, and our petitions to the EPA and FDA are mostly ignored due to revolving door leadership between pesticide makers and government regulators. Is there an answer? Yes there …


The Fascinating Taxonomy Of Belize’s Favourite And Most Fetishized Fruit

posted (June 19, 2015)

At this time of the year - after the first rains – it’s a mango lovers’ feast, a veritable festival of flavours. 

But, in Belize, a mango is more than just a fruit – it’s like what snowflakes are to Eskimos: they have a thousand words for snow – and, if that’s true, Belizeans must have a thousand names for different kinds of mangos!

Of course, there are the well-known staples: Number 11, Slippers, and the ever popular Black Mangoes. 

But did you know about the obscure Tommy Hawkey, the buff Big Ben, the exotic Cambodiamas, cousins Sandy Shaw and Tanga Shaw, or the rare Gold mango? 

Well, I didn’t – and today I went to the market for an education in the fascinating taxonomy of Belize’s favourite and most fetishised fruit:…

Courtney Weatherburne Reporting....

With the mango season in full swing, walking through the market is like going through a garden of a thousand lights, each mango with it's o…