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Jack Downey, U.S. Office of War Information, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Liberation of Paris is a gripping book that is packed full of interesting details about Nazi-occupied Paris and its last commander Dietrich von Choltitz.

At the end of WWII, Adolf Hitler ordered Choltitz to hold Paris, but if that wasn’t possible, to destroy it. Although General Choltitz had been very loyal to Hitler, he could not bring himself to obliterate the City of Light. He ultimately surrendered Paris to French forces on August 25, 1944. He’s been called the “Saviour of Paris” for preventing its destruction.

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Dietrich v. Choltitz — Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-R63712 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE via Wikimedia Commons

After his surrender, Choltitz was held for the remainder of the war in London and the United States and was ultimately released from captivity in 1947. …

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Photo by Joshua Fuller on Unsplash

I connected my Brother printer to Amazon Alexa. I can now print using voice commands. I tried telling Alexa to print a crossword puzzle and out popped The Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle.

This works with certain models of Canon, Epson, HP and Brother printers. The list of commands is extensive.

My printer is only connected via WiFi. This is very nice.

Originally published at on November 11, 2020.

Helen Reddy on Flickr

Singer Helen Reddy, who was born in Australia in 1941, died in Los Angeles on September 29, 2020 at the age of 78.

I loved her music. Her first hit was a 1971 cover of “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” from the award-winning stage show “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Her trademark son — “I Am Woman,” — came a year later. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1972. Reddy was the first Australian-born artist to win a Grammy and the first to make the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Reddy did not have an easy life. She had a kidney removed at 17 lived with Addison’s disease.

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Len Edgerly with the Kindle Oasis

I enjoy keeping track of developments at My primary source of information is The Kindle Chronicles podcast.

Len Edgerly is the creator and host of the podcast. Len is a bright fellow with a background in journalism. He graduated from Harvard College in 1972 and the Harvard Business School in 1977.

Before retiring he was a business journalist at The Providence (R.I.) Journal-Bulletin, an editor of an energy magazine in Casper, Wyoming, and an executive at a natural gas company based in Denver.

Len has been podcasting since 2006, when he launched the Audio Pod Chronicles and Video Pod Chronicles. He began the weekly Kindle Chronicles podcast in 2008. New podcasts generally appear each Friday and last about 40 minutes. The podcast is a labor of love and is blissfully free of advertising. …

I have found the following to be useful sources of information about privacy and am sharing them to help other people:

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© David H. Enzel, 2020

A Beautiful Noise

I have a voice
Started out a whisper, turned into a scream
Made a beautiful noise
Shoulder to shoulder, marching in the street
When you’re all alone, it’s a quiet breeze
But when you band together, it’s a choir
Of thunder and rain
Now we have a choice
’Cause I have a voice

I’m not living to die
Don’t stand in a wasteland
Look at me in the eye
Stop living a lie
And stand up next to me
You’ve got to put one foot in front of another
With a hand in a hand holding on to each other
Go on and rejoice
’Cause you have a…

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Jaron Lanier on Flickr

One of the main reasons to delete your social media accounts is that there isn’t a real choice to move to different social media accounts. Quitting entirely is the only option for change. If you don’t quit, you are not creating the space in which Silicon Valley can act to improve itself.

Lanier, Jaron. Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now (Kindle Locations 308–310). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.

I read Lanier’s book in 2018 and it has really stayed with me. He makes a compelling case for deleting your social media accounts.

Lanier is a pioneer in virtual reality, a term he coined. He now works for Microsoft. Lanier knows from the inside how manipulative social media can be.

You can hear Lanier on this Microsoft podcast entitled “Jaron Lanier: Father of Virtual Reality, Renaissance man.”

Lanier has published one story on Medium:

Eric Rochant, qui a créé la merveilleuse série télévisée française Le Bureau des légendes, écrit sur son blog:

Nous sommes en échec.

Dès le mois de juin la deuxième vague était à prévoir. Dès la fin du mois d’août on la voyait arriver. Et nous sommes en plein dedans. Au point que ce qui était impensable hier — un nouveau confinement — devient possible voire probable aujourd’hui.

L’échec est patent.

On peut faire l’hypothèse que le gouvernement a réellement voulu laisser les Français un peu tranquilles cet été. Communication molle, appel à la responsabilité plutôt qu’à la contrainte, choix d’un discours le moins anxiogène possible.

Obliger les Français à porter le masque, imposer des couvre-feux dès qu’il était évident que les regroupements étaient à risque, autant de mesures impossibles et écartées avec détermination.

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Aerial view of Taylor Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh, PA — Source: Flickr

Naomi Kitchen, a senior in the Taylor Allderdice High School in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh writing in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle:

I love Pittsburgh’s Jewish community with all of my heart. It is because of this love that I so fervently want us to be better. I ask this for myself and for other Jewish children of color: When you see us in Jewish spaces do not give confused, cold looks. Look at us like we are yours, because we are.

I grew up in Squirrel Hill and graduated from Allderdice. This piece couldn’t have been easy to write and really spoke to me.

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Taylor Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh, PA © David H. Enzel, 2012

New major study by Institute for Jewish Policy Research in the UK

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Jewish Museum, Berlin Germany © David H. Enzel, 2018

The Times of Israel reports that the percentage of Jews in Europe is as low now as it was 1,000 years ago and is declining even further according to a new study published by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) in London. Today, European Jewry consists of about 1.3 million, with two in three people living in one of three countries — France, the United Kingdom or Germany.

Here are a few highlights from the study (at page 15):

  • The Jewish population of France is in serious decline. The report estimates the Jewish population of France in 2020 was 449,000 compared with 530,000 in 1975, a decline of 15%. …


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