November 1939 Radio-Craft
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
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published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
This 1939 news bit from Nazi
Germany overlords illustrates the results of well-meaning citizens voluntarily surrendering
their personal freedoms and right to self defense.
by the way, derives from "National Socialist German Workers' Party." Remember that
when someone with Socialist leanings these days calls you a Nazi.
1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees we, the American
people, a right to free speech, and by extension, a right to listen to whatever
someone else opts to say (excluding, of course, overt and specific threats of harm).
Many generations have enjoyed that and a specific list of other freedoms, but the
passage of time has seen a dilution of those freedoms due to aggressive lawmakers
and judges, and the passive acceptance of it by too many citizens. Throughout history
when citizens yielded their freedoms to government in promise of benefits, favors,
protection, etc., they almost always found themselves on the business end of a gun
(or tank, arrow, battering ram, sword, etc.) being wielded by that same "benevolent"
government. America's founding fathers were so aware of the repeating pattern that
they wrote the
2nd Amendment into our Constitution specifically to ensure "the
governed" had means, if necessary, to retain its guaranteed freedoms in spite of
the whims of elected and appointed legislators - read the first few paragraphs of
Declaration of Independence to understand their motivation if
you doubt me.
Nazis Are Warned to Shun Foreign Radio
Berlin, Sept. 1 (U.P.). - Effective tonight,
anybody in Germany who listens to a foreign radio broadcast is subject to a prison
term, while those who spread reports from such broadcasts are liable, in special
cases, to the death penalty.
"Every word coming from a foreign radio station is a lie," an official announcement
The war measure, designed to preclude the dissemination of foreign propaganda
and information adverse to the interests of Germany, said at the outset:
"Modern war and military weapons are only the means toward a decision. The influencing
of the morale of the people is most important."
Posted March 21, 2022
(updated from original post on 11/2/2016)