Miracles and Massacres: Epic Rivalries

McDonald's vs. Burger King, Coke vs. Pepsi, Jobs vs. Gates –--all are epic rivalries that almost everyone knows. But here's another: “Edison vs. Westinghouse”. If we're judging by the impact it had on our modern-day lives, their rivalry beats all the others, hands down.

And most people today have never even heard of it.

Here's a quick test: when you hear the name “Tesla,” what comes to mind?

Most of you probably thought right away of the electric car company: Tesla Motors. But I bet that very few of you thought of the man himself: Nikola Tesla, the great Serbian-American inventor that the company is named after.

While Tesla may not have the name recognition of Edison, he was an amazing man and his fingerprints can still be found everywhere. Every time you've gotten an X-ray, whenever you use anything with a remote control –-- or, for that matter, every time you flip a light switch or plug something into an outlet, your life was made easier by one of Nikola Tesla’s hundreds of inventions.

Even during his time, Tesla was always far ahead of it. So why isn’t he as well known as Thomas Edison—a guy whose reputation as a gentlemanly old inventor is actually laughable once you know the truth? Well, for one, Tesla wasn’t a media darling like Edison. He also had more than a few quirks and phobias, and he was much more comfortable in the company of pigeons than people.

And as for what Nikola Tesla has to do with that bitter, world-changing rivalry between Edison and Westinghouse I mentioned earlier...Well, you’ll have to read the full story in Miracles and Massacres for yourself, but here's a hint: Edison loses the battle, but he wins the war. While he and George Westinghouse became respected household names, Nikola Tesla died alone in the New Yorker Hotel, deeply in debt and, at least until recently when an American car company adopted his name, in almost total obscurity.

 

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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