Read one of those Clancy-type techo-thrillers recently. The premise of this one was that the Russians used threats by the Chinese against Taiwan to distract US attention away from an operation in Europe, which, in turn, would be a distraction from their real objective, which was recovery of some rare-earth mine in Kenya. It wasContinue reading “Watch Your Back!”
Author Archives: David Bucher
Everyone knows the old saw about not studying history and being condemned to repeat it. But the parallels between now and pre-WWII are really amazing. So as I wait to hear President Biden’s speech in a few moments, following Russia’s incursion into those two Ukrainian provinces, I have to wonder if we’ve learned. Let’s rollContinue reading “Parallels”
War! What is it good for?
God, I hate to be prescient…again…but a good ol’ war would certainly be a boost for Joe Biden’s poll numbers, and perhaps would provide the needle the must eventually be stuck in the festering boil that is our contemporary politics. Enter one Vladimir Putin. It looks like Val is about to attempt to take aContinue reading “War! What is it good for?”
Bad for Business
As usual, I write one of these things and a week later somebody notable, like Tom Friedman, comes out with essentially the same theme. Great minds think alike. Not sure what’s happening in my case. But, here’s my original take: It was in the interests of the wealthy to look past Hitler’s sins. Germany wasContinue reading “Bad for Business”
While I’ve long fancied myself as a master of home repair, the older I get the more I discover that I’m really not so smart as I thought. Take home electrics. A recent trip to Harbor Freight yielded a $3.50 circuit tester, which, when deployed in the outlets around the house, caused me some realContinue reading “Shocking”
AirHawk Product Review
Published in Keystone Motorcycle Press, November 2021 Tush, Rear End. Derrière. Bottom. Behind. Arse. Jacksy. Backside. Butt. Like the Eskimos’ extensive list of words for what we simply call snow, motorcyclists probably have dozens of words for that part of their anatomy which makes the most contact with their machines. And well they should, asContinue reading “AirHawk Product Review”
by Henry von Wartenberg, review by Dave Bucher, published September 2021 in Keystone Motorcycle Press. When I first received this book, I opened it and went through it page-by-page, ignoring both the introduction and the five short accompanying essays – even the few included photo captions. It’s essentially a coffee table, moto-photo book and myContinue reading “The Riders”
Published in Lititz Record-Express, 9/23/21 A short time ago somebody wrote to this paper concerning my column on Vaccine Passports. He accused me of constantly “fear mongering” in this space. Instead of immediately rejecting that notion, I did what everyone with strong opinions should do when those opinions are criticized. I considered the possibility thatContinue reading “Afraid?”
Maybe it’s time!
Published 3/4/21 in the Lititz Record After reading Tim Snyder’s sobering article in the NY Times, I’m beginning to think that America has at last been defeated. Not by external enemies but by our own insatiable appetite for information. We’ve abandoned our local news sources, as Snyder points out, in favor of “info” channels thatContinue reading “Maybe it’s time!”
Published in Suburban Life Magazine (Philadelphia), January 2020