Your Government at Work... Trying to Poison You
- "...practically all the liquor that is sold in New York today is toxic..."
- --A warning issued by the New York medical examiner.
Prohibition is now the law. Selling or transporting booze is against the Constitution of the United States of America! (I think I hear America the Beautiful playing softly in the background.) Of course, many religious groups like the ban on alcohol. Socialists believe that alcohol has stupefied the common man into accepting his chains of oppression. Employers believe that workers are losing productivity due to hangovers after boozy weekends. Police departments are tired of rounding up drunks. With all this support, alcohol consumption should be dropping. In reality, drinking simply changes. Now you drink illegal booze fast, going for the effect, not the taste. Private clubs called "speakeasies" are for social interaction, but people are drinking something there. Hotels install bottle openers to reduce damage to furniture as guests knock off bottle-caps along the edges. Bay rum is an aftershave "for external use only". It says so on the label. Bootleggers add coloring to commercial ethyl alcohol and sell it. Although individuals are drinking less, more individuals are drinking. To help folks comply with Prohibition, the government provides an incentive. They add poison to some of the booze, and don't tell anyone. Have a nice day.     
KDKA Is On the Air! But Is Anyone Listening?
Westinghouse has been using a vacuum-tube wireless for simple communication and experimentation, but when their lead engineer, Frank Conrad, offers a 2 hour concert, playing records over the airwaves, the amateur radio community is delighted. This experiment in entertainment makes the newspapers, and the Vice-President of Westinghouse, Harry Davis, sees the article. He also sees an ad for a $10 wireless receiver that can pick up Conrad's signal. 10 dollars is around 284 dollars in 2015 money which is in range for the average household. Davis hits on the idea of Westinghouse building radio receivers and offering entertainment programming from their local transmitter. By November, radio station KDKA is ready to broadcast the election results. (Warren G. Harding, Republican, is elected the next President of the United States.) They continue a bi-weekly broadcast until near the end of December when they embark on a schedule of daily broadcasts. They are really cooking with gas now!   
- Eddie Slovik. (The only US soldier to be executed for desertion during World War 2. He seemed to think he would only get prison time.) 
In Other News
This Year in Wikipedia
Year 1920, Wikipedia.
- Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 18 December 2016. “Just after the Eighteenth Amendment's adoption, there was a significant reduction in alcohol consumption among the general public and particularly among low-income groups. Consumption soon climbed as underworld entrepreneurs began producing 'rotgut' alcohol. Likewise, there was a general reduction in overall crime, mainly in the types of crimes associated with the effects of alcohol consumption, though there were significant increases in crimes involved in the production and distribution of illegal alcohol.”
- Lusk, Rufus S. (September 1932). "Drinking Habit, The". The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (Sage Publications, Inc. in association with the American Academy of Political and Social Science) 163: 46-52. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1017684. Retrieved 21 December 2016. "Prohibition has materially affected American drinking habits but has not lessened the amount of liquor consumed. People are drinking different stuff and under different conditions, but they are drinking as much alcohol as they ever did.".
- Wilson, Clarence True (September 1932). "License and Liquor or Law and Loyalty?". The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (Sage Publications, Inc. in association with the American Academy of Political and Social Science) 163: 163-171. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1017695. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- Barnett, J. H. (September 1932). "College Seniors and the Liquor Problem". The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (Sage Publications, Inc. in association with the American Academy of Political and Social Science) 163: 130-146. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1017692. Retrieved 21 December 2016. "Regardless of States' rights and individual rights there should be control. Would not a system a little more severe than the Canadian policy (1) afford enough revenue to enforce the system; (2) eliminate bootlegging and subsidiary crimes; (3) do away with the argument of the man who claims he must have his glass of beer with his meal; (4) eliminate poison liquor; (5) eliminate speak-easies; and (6) still be practical enough to enforce?".
- The Chemist's War: The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition. Slate.com (February 22, 2010). Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “By mid-1927, the new denaturing formulas included some notable poisons--kerosene and brucine (a plant alkaloid closely related to strychnine), gasoline, benzene, cadmium, iodine, zinc, mercury salts, nicotine, ether, formaldehyde, chloroform, camphor, carbolic acid, quinine, and acetone. The Treasury Department also demanded more methyl alcohol be added--up to 10 percent of total product. It was the last that proved most deadly.”
- CDC - Facts about Paraquat (2016). Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “If it is inhaled, paraquat could cause poisoning leading to lung damage. In the past, some marijuana in the United States has been found to contain paraquat.”
- FrontPage Magazine - Obama's Biggest Radical. archive.frontpagemag.com (February 27, 2009). Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “The trio prescribed a rigidly enforced, government-imposed limit of two children per family. Holdren and the Ehrlichs maintained 'there exists ample authority under which population growth could be regulated.' Hiding behind the passive voice, they note, 'it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.' (Emphasis added.) To underscore they mean business, they conclude, 'If some individuals contribute to general social deterioration by overproducing children, and if the need is compelling, they can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility' (pp. 837-838). Moreover, if the United States government refuses to take proper measures, they authorize the United Nations to take compelling force.”
- Alex Shrugged notes: Although I'm fairly sure I would have picked up on the poison angle by myself, I must credit the Glenn Beck Radio Program of December 16, 2016 (as I recall). In what was three hours of history on commercial radio, one section covered the poisoning of Americans during Prohibition. I thank Glenn for pointing this out.
- The Pittsburgh Press - Wireless Receiving Station Installed at Horne's. news.google.com (September 23, 1920). Retrieved on 21 December 2016.
- The Gazette Times - The Radio Amateur: A Department for Wireless News. news.google.com (October 26, 1919). Retrieved on 21 December 2016.
- KDKA (AM) - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “H. P. Davis saw this advertisement and immediately recognized the 'limitless opportunity' of adding radio receivers to the lines of appliances sold to the general public by Westinghouse, and in order to create demand for the receivers, he decided that Westinghouse should provide regular programming as an incentive for persons considering a purchase. Davis held a staff meeting with his 'radio cabinet' and asked them to have a station operational in time to broadcast the presidential and local election returns on November 2, 1920.”
- etymology - Origin of the phrase 'Now we're cooking with _' - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. english.stackexchange.com (2016). Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “Deke Houlgate and Bob Hope Houlgate College Football Rankings was founded by Deke Houlgate. On their website, his son writes: During his days with the American Gas Association, before induction into the Army Air Corps, he originated the phrase, 'Now, you're cooking with gas!' and planted it with Bob Hope's writers. They, in turn, wrote it into one of his radio scripts and put it into the mouth of comedian Jerry Calonna [sic], who made it nationally famous.”
- James Doohan - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “a Canadian character actor and voice actor best known for his role as Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott in the television and film series Star Trek. Doohan's characterization of the Scottish Chief Engineer of the Starship Enterprise was one of the most recognizable elements in the Star Trek franchise, and inspired many fans to pursue careers in engineering and other technical fields.”
- DeForest Kelley - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer known for his roles in Westerns and as Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy of the USS Enterprise in the television and film series Star Trek.”
- Ricardo Montalbán - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “From 1977 to 1984, Montalbán played Mr. Roarke on the television series Fantasy Island. He played Khan Noonien Singh on the original Star Trek series and the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).”
- Eddie Slovik - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “Edward Donald 'Eddie' Slovik (February 18, 1920 – January 31, 1945) was a United States Army soldier during World War II and the only American soldier to be court-martialled and executed for desertion since the American Civil War.”
- Famous Quotes by An Wang (3 Quotations) – Famous Quotes. famous-quotes.com (2016). Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.”
- An Wang - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “By 1970 the company had sales of $27 million and 1,400 employees. They began manufacturing word processors in 1974, copying the already popular Xerox Redactron word processor, a single-user, cassette-based product. In 1976 they started marketing a multi-user, display-based product, based on the Zilog Z80 processor. Typical installations had a master unit (supplying disk storage) connected to intelligent diskless slaves which the operators used. Connections were via dual coax using differential signaling in an 11-bit asynchronous ASCII format clocked at 4.275 MHz. This product became the market leader in the word processing industry.”
- Charcoal History - About Us. Kingsford (2015). Retrieved on 4 November 2015. “Henry Ford learned of a process for turning wood scraps from the production of Model T’s into charcoal briquets. So, he built a charcoal plant — and the rest is history”
- Kingsford (charcoal) - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 4 November 2015. “In the early 1920s, Ford had a large plant in Kingsford, a town named after Henry Ford's cousin. Henry Ford was always looking for new ways to combine resources. One day as the Model T cars were coming off the assembly line, Ford noticed many wood scraps being discarded. He proposed that all wood scraps were to be sent to his chemical building to be made into charcoal.”
- No Agenda Show Episode 769 (PODCAST). “(time: 54 minutes) Charcoal was an idea hatched between Henry Ford and Edison. [...] so they invented the charcoal briquette.”
- Aids: Origin of pandemic 'was 1920s Kinshasa' - BBC News (3 October 2014). Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced to the 1920s in the city of Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists say. An international team of scientists say a 'perfect storm' of population growth, sex and railways allowed HIV to spread. A feat of viral archaeology was used to find the pandemic's origin, the team report in the journal Science. They used archived samples of HIV's genetic code to trace its source, with evidence pointing to 1920s Kinshasa.”
- HIV pandemic's origins located - University of Oxford. ox.ac.uk (3 October 2014). Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “One of the factors the team's analysis suggests was key to the HIV pandemic's origins was the DRC's transport links, in particular its railways, that made Kinshasa one of the best connected of all central African cities.”
- Ray Liotta - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “Raymond Allen Liotta (born Raymond Julian Vicimarli, December 18, 1954) is an American actor, film producer, and voice actor. He is known for playing Henry Hill in the crime-drama Goodfellas (1990) and Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams (1989).”