Sept. 15, 2008: The Sketch Seen Around the World

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Sept. 15, 2008: The Sketch Seen Around the World

Visions of the Year 2000

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By the year 2000, there will be over 300 million people living in the United States, many thousands here in the State of Alaska. But I don’t think that we have begun to prepare for that day, either in this state or in this country. I don’t think we have looked to the future with the same kind of courage and determination which it took to build this valley.

— John F. Kennedy: 1960 Speech in Palmer

John F. Kennedy: 1960 Speech in Palmer

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I am the first candidate for the Presidency to actively campaign in the State of Alaska. There are three electoral votes in Alaska. I left Washington, D.C., this morning at 8 o’clock. It is now 11:30 in Washington. I have come, I figure, about 3,000 miles per electoral vote, and if travel 800,000 miles in the next 2 months, we might win this election. But I am prepared to do it.

‘The Most Important Event in Alaska’s History’

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‘This,’ said Alaska’s Governor Ernest Gruening last week, ‘is the most important event in Alaska’s history since its purchase from Russia.’ The event: Aluminum Co. of America’s announcement of plans for a giant aluminum smelter and two power plants near Skagway on the Canadian border. The cost, $400 million, would make the project the second biggest single investment ever made at one site by U.S. private industry. It would eventually boost Alcoa’s aluminum capacity 60% to 2.1 billion pounds annually, provide year-round employment for 4,000 and create a new Alaskan city of 20,000.

— Time Magazine: Sept. 1, 1952

Aug. 31, 2006: Feds Raid Alaska Lawmakers’ Offices

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Federal agents raided the offices of at least six Alaska lawmakers Thursday in an investigation of large oil field services company, officials said.

Democracy’s Fatal Flaw?

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The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.

Winston Churchill*

Aug. 9, 1945: Bombing of Nagasaki

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Aug. 9, 1945: Bombing of Nagasaki

Aug. 6, 1945: The Shadow of Hiroshima

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On this day in 1945, President Harry S. Truman approved the killing of between 90,000 and 120,000 Japanese people in Hiroshima, Japan.

Governing for Re-Election

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If the leaders seek only to preserve themselves, that is what they become; preserves, dried preserves.

— Leon Trotsky: On American Problems

Freedom to Choose?

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Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves.

— Herbert Marcuse: One-Dimensional Man

July 31, 1703: Old School Seditious Libel

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On this day in 1703 in England, this poem by “Robinson Crusoe” author Daniel Defoe is what it took to be put in the pillory for seditious libel…

July 8, 1923: President Harding’s Memorable, Regrettable Alaska Vacation

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On this day in 1923, President Warren G. Harding became the first sitting president to visit Alaska. He died just a few weeks later.