Thursday, September 22, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Sài Gòn xưa :-)
Tác giả sinh năm 1938, cựu sĩ quan an ninh quân đội, sang Mỹ theo diện H.O1. năm 1990, hiện đã về hưu, an cư tại Westminster. Ông dự Viết Về Nước Mỹ từ năm 2008, đã góp nhiều bài viết giá trị, từng nhận giải đặc biệt. Sau đây là bài viết mới nhất.
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Nước Việt tôi có bốn ngàn năm văn hiến, nhưng tiếng Việt mà ta gọi là chữ quốc ngữ thì mới có hơn trăm năm nay nhờ ông cố đạo Alexander Rhodes sang tuyền đạo và truyền bá cách viết theo mẫu tự A.B.C. Chứ hồi xưa các cụ nhà ta dùng tiếng Nôm viết như chữ Tàu rất khó học nên dân ta mù chữ rất nhiều, nhờ ông cố đạo truyền cho chữ viết theo mẫu tự tiếng Anh tiếng Pháp dễ đọc dễ viết dễ học. Bây giờ ký các văn kiện quốc-tế người ta dùng tiếng Anh và tiếng Pháp để ký kết và hai thứ tiếng để giao dịch.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
The 1200s started out looking good for the Islamic world. The Crusaders had been defeated and Jerusalem liberated in 1187, the Ismaili Fatimids had finally been removed from harassing the Muslim world in the mid-1100s, and a powerful Khwarazmian Empire had emerged in Persia. However, all that would soon turn around when the ruthless Mongols would make their way into Southwest Asia. The destruction and devastation they left in their path has scarcely been seen anywhere else in history.
Who Are The Mongols?
Who Are The Mongols?
Friday, September 9, 2016
Monday, September 5, 2016
Side by side comparison of the size of the Sun vs Earth, Uranus, Saturn & Jupiter
Over the course of human history the Sun has been feared and worshipped. Rightfully so. What our ancestors knew on a fundamental level was that the Sun provides a vital ingredient for most of the life on Earth. Without the energy provided through sunlight, vegetation cannot grow, and without vegetation animals do not have a source of nourishment. However, what we know today that our ancestors did not is just how far reaching the scope of the Sun's influence is.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Friday, September 2, 2016
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Escaping East Germany
Imagine what it’s like to never really say your opinion without fear of being spied on. The Wetzel and Strelzyk families were fed up with life in the GDR because they were always afraid a Stasi spy would be listening in on a conversation. Traveling to another country was impossible as well. At least, to Western countries on the other side of the iron curtain. Gunter Wetzel really hated all of it and wanted to leave the GDR, but he had no idea how to because escaping was nearly impossible. Until a relative that lived in West Germany showed him a picture of a large hot air balloon. He suddenly knew what to do: escaping by hot air balloon.
Meixner raced to the last steel bar, ducked his head, floored the accelerator and rocketed into West Berlin. :-)
Walls are usually erected to keep enemies out. The Berlin Wall was built to separate East Germany`s 17 million people from West Germany`s 62 million. A heavily fortified system of barriers, the Wall is 101 miles long, 28 miles of it in East Berlin. It is fortified with concrete, metal pipes, barbed wire, some 14,000 heavily armed guards, attack dogs, alarms and other electronic devices, mines and trenches.