Gerald D. Skoning

Gerald D. Skoning is a Chicago lawyer who specializes in labor and employment law.

How Doolittle Did So Much for So Many 75 Years Ago

 

They were called Doolittle’s Raiders. It was a raid planned in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was an intrepid plan staffed with all brave volunteers on a one-way trip to bomb Tokyo and then try to bail out or crash land in China. The mission consisted of 16 modified B-25 bombers with […]

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Gay Rights and Judicial Activism: Brazen End Run on Congress

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch were a week-long tutorial on the separation of powers under our Constitution. The proceedings examined in excruciating detail the role of the Congress to make laws and the courts to interpret the laws and the Constitution. The hearings underscored the importance of […]

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Exploring Mother Nature’s Miracles

 

The average human brain has 100 billion neuron cells and boasts another 100 trillion synapses. Now, that’s an amazing amount of memory and computation power all jammed into a three-pound human organ. By contrast, bee brains are small, or should I say more compact, containing only 1 million neuron cells (a fruit fly is even […]

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Possible Extra-Terrestrials Just 235 Trillion Miles Away!

 

Astronomers have announced the discovery of several Earth-size planets orbiting a cool red dwarf star named Trappist-1 about 40 light years, or just 235 trillion miles, from Earth (quite close in cosmic terms). Some of these could have water on their surfaces, meaning that life on those planets is a real possibility. Reports the New […]

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How Did Douglas MacArthur Escape Responsibility?

 

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago last week was famously the “day which will live in infamy.” Veterans of that horrible day were properly honored as intrepid members of the “Greatest Generation.” But, the December 7 disaster was also the first of a one-two punch that shocked our nation and crippled our […]

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Air Force One Is Just the Tip of the Pentagon Cost Overrun Iceberg

 

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested the U.S. government should cancel a planned order with Boeing for planes to serve as the new Air Force One, making the aircraft maker the latest company to come under scrutiny by the incoming commander-in-chief. Taking to his favored communication tool, Trump tweeted that the cost for a new plane […]

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GOP Convention Security Nonsense:  OK to Pack Heat, But Not Your Umbrella?

 

If you are headed to Cleveland for the GOP Convention, feel free to take your AR 15 assault rifle and your .357 Magnum handgun, but leave behind your squirt guns, umbrellas, and paintball guns, or you may end up in the slammer. On the eve of the GOP convention in Cleveland, security arrangements have been […]

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Dye Markers Could Enhance Air Crash Searches

 

The recent crash of Egypt Air Flight 804 in the Mediterranean Sea south of Greece that killed all 66 aboard prompted a massive search that revealed a debris field consisting of seat parts, luggage, and body parts believed to have been from the Airbus 320. The discovery of that debris will assist in the underwater search […]

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Breakthrough Starshot: Reaching For The Stars

 

Pushed by a laser beam: Can Breakthrough Starshot reach Alpha Centauri? It’s called Breakthrough Starshot. It’s an ambitious name for a remarkably ambitious project. It’s the brainchild of Yuri Milner, a Russian philanthropist and Internet entrepreneur, who, together with a team of prominent astronomers and cosmologists, plans to send a fleet of robot spacecraft no bigger […]

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Reaching for the Stars, Propelled by a Powerful Laser Beam

 

It’s called Breakthrough Starshot. It’s an ambitious name for a remarkably ambitious project. It’s the brainchild of Yuri Milner, a Russian philanthropist and Internet entrepreneur, who, together with a team of prominent astronomers and cosmologists, plans to send a fleet of robot spacecraft no bigger than iPhones to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system, 4.37 […]

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