The 4th of July

Fireworks over Yukon, Oklahoma
Fireworks over Yukon Oklahoma on old U.S. 66. Photo © Jim Doty, Jr.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

From the Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776. Written by Thomas Jefferson (1762-1826). 3rd US President (1801-09).

Declaration of Independence

To see an engraving of the original and George Washington’s personal printed copy, go here.

to read the entire declaration, click the page 2 link at the right


Northern Lights, Alaska. Photo copyright Jim Doty Jr
Northern Lights, Alaska. Photo © Jim Doty, Jr.

The same process the creates the Northern Lights is also responsible for creating an odd assortment of sounds that earth “beams” out into space in the form of radio waves. The ionosphere prevents these sounds from reaching earth which is a good things, since they would drown out every radio station on the planet with a signal 10,000 times more powerful than the strongest military radio transmissions.

You can listen here at (you have to listen to one of those annoying mini-ads before the video plays).