An Introduction to the Purpose, Content and Operation of this
Welcome to JS5.Org, one citizen's personal reflections on
early American history, with particular emphasis upon the the character and
political beliefs of the founding fathers. Although I attained a bachelors
degree is in American history in 1968, I did not then fully appreciate the
extraordinary legacy provided by our first generation of American statesmen.
Over forty years later, amid repeated disillusion with modern politicians and
other so-called leaders of our time, I revisited the lives and experiences of
our early leaders. I found that the founding fathers were not only great men of
their time, but have much of value to teach us today. We clearly owe so much to
so relatively few.
This website is necessarily a work in progress; so to speak, a
labor of love. I am certainly not being paid to do this, nor do I solicit
funding. Conversely, with so much that needs to be said, my contribution will no doubt
be grossly inadequate. It is, never the less, a start. This website no
longer displays an under construction notification, but under construction it
will probably always be. Optimized for higher resolutions, its appearance is
still acceptable as low as 1024x768.
The lower the screen resolution, the larger defined pixel images, such as
embedded YouTube video, appear relative to the browser window. Since the default
YouTube video size has been reduced to accommodate viewers with lower resolution
displays, lower resolution site visitors benefit from a larger effective video
It is human to err and as such you can expect my
reflections to change with time. While I am retired, I still teach college part time
and, like other retired folks, have filled my life with other non-job related
pursuits as well.
The design of the website is fairly simple, and hopefully
intuitive. While virtually all modern browsers support frames, this site is
available in a framed and default non-framed format.
Admittedly, my reason for having a non-framed alternative and making it the
default is not difficult to understand. Most major search engines, including
industry giant Google with well over 60% of total searches, do not effectively
navigate and register frames. The problem lies with their use of robots that
crawl the Internet for content and index it for accessibility. Ultimately, a
website has to be found to be read, ergo the choice to have a non-framed
alternative and make it the default. All content is available regardless of the
format chosen. Selecting Wikipedia Text under George Washington will access
Wikipedia information regarding our first president under the Constitution. Selecting the
bust of a founding father displays a synopsis of that leader's principle
accomplishments in a small pop-up window. Far more extensive biographical
information is available by selecting the Wikipedia Text link associated with a
founding father. The same is true of biographical videos (BioVideo).
YouTube video is embedded regardless of website
variant. Embedded video defaults to 640x505 pixels, which is larger than
the default size offered by YouTube. Videos can also be viewed full
screen by selecting
in the lower right corner of the YouTube panel. Pressing the Esc key
will return the viewer to the 640x505 format. JS5.Org embedded video
defaults to privacy mode, which should preclude YouTube's depositing of
cookies on your computer.
The optional embedded code was not selected; examination of the
resultant code reveals provision for an apparent future advertising
message. Our video format also avoids advertising and
at times inappropriate commentary or content associated with the
standard YouTube interface. Since YouTube was purchased by Google in
November 2006, this site relies upon the good operating reputation of
the parent firm to ensure that embedded YouTube videos are in compliance
with United States and international copyright laws.
The framed website variant,
depicted in the adjacent graphic, is decidedly faster because the static
frames are only loaded once. Static frames on this website include the
title frame above and selection frame to the left. Because only the
content of the large lower right frame changes depending upon selections
made in the static selection box, navigation is decidedly simplified.
That is, the back arrow on the browser need never be touched because the
title and selection frames remain visible. The so-called dark side of
using frames is that the same mechanism that makes navigation faster and
easier precludes the viewer from book marking the dynamic frame content.
This problem will be resolved in a near term upgrade to the framed
The non-framed website variant avoids
the temporary problem with book marking, but also runs decidedly slower,
manifests return navigation complications and lacks the polished
appearance of the framed variant. Accordingly, if you select an
underlined link from the narrow box on the left under the bust and name
of a founding father, your browser will be redirected to the content
suggested by the link label. To return to this page, you will have to
press the back arrow one or more times.
Of course, if your browser supports tabs and you have elected to use
them, returning to the main (index) page is only a matter of selecting the
associated tab. Closing the tabs associated with unneeded pages will
exit that page. Similarly, if you have elected to open a new page in its
own window in lieu of a tab, then closing the window has the same
This site does not knowingly install software
of any kind on your computer, including cookies. If you clear you
browser cache, there
should be no information associated with JS5.Org on your computer. A hypertext script
is employed to graphically depict visitors to this site by their
location on a revolving globe. Aside from the depiction of your location
on the revolving globe, together with the associated date and time, I
know of no other information being recorded.
site is hosted on a business account at Network Solutions, which does routinely collect non-personal
information regarding visitors to their supported sites. For example, the operating system and browser used to access the site
are recorded; your name
or email address are not. I have
never been particularly comfortable with government and businesses knowing
as much as they do about my personal life, and respect the desire of
others to retain a reasonable degree of privacy. As a retired federal agent and
former field grade military officer granted access to highly classified
material, I doubt there is much the United States Government does not already know about me.
Conversely, doubtlessly like some of you, I would just as soon that level of
insight was not extended to businesses and others not having a need to know. In
For those requiring additional anonymity, IP address
masking is offered by numerous companies here and abroad. Most employ
an encrypted channel
virtual private network in which your IP address is exchanged for that
of a server located elsewhere in the world.