A Disturbing Historical Parallel: The Patriot Act and the Star Chamber

Lynne Kiesling While I’m delving into history, consider this week’s revelation that a secret panel drawn from the White House National Security Council can put the names of any American on a watch list and “kill list” — and that action is entirely secret. American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or … More A Disturbing Historical Parallel: The Patriot Act and the Star Chamber

Boulton & Watt on New £50 Note

Lynne Kiesling Industrial revolutionaries, rejoice! The Bank of England is honoring one of the most fruitful and enterprising inventor-entrepreneur partnerships in economic history, Matthew Boulton and James Watt, by putting their images on the new £50 note. You are probably familiar with James Watt as the inventor of the double-acting steam engine and other accompanying … More Boulton & Watt on New £50 Note